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Is it possible to be a religious atheist?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nsajigwa sisi kwa sisi Jul 3, 2012. 49 Replies

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Nsajigwa sisi kwa sisi replied to peacemaker's discussion Is it possible to be a religious atheist?
"Afrikans are said to be notoriously religious...it has been analyzed again and again, by afrikans and non afrikans..! Okot p Bitek, an Afrikan renaissance man from Uganda (anthropologist, dancer footballer, teacher, educator, lecturer, novelist,…"
Jul 3, 2012
Nsajigwa sisi kwa sisi replied to peacemaker's discussion Is it possible to be a religious atheist?
"Afrikans are said to be notoriously religious...it has been analyzed again and again, by afrikans and non afrikans..! Okot p Bitek, an Afrikan renaissance man from Uganda (anthropologist, dancer footballer, teacher, educator, lecturer, novelist,…"
Jul 3, 2012
Joan Denoo replied to peacemaker's discussion Is it possible to be a religious atheist?
"Write4U, you have me there: " creating a lack of belief (an emotional void) is more difficult than to offer a logical alternative which fills the void." I also remember the "human potential movement" and how helpful…"
Jun 10, 2012
Joan Denoo replied to peacemaker's discussion Is it possible to be a religious atheist?
"Jessica, you are very generous with your praise, but I must say, I am profoundly happy and grateful that I was able to escape, and perhaps others have stories that will give us insight into other ways to find our own lives. "
Jun 10, 2012
Jessica Berman replied to peacemaker's discussion Is it possible to be a religious atheist?
"Joan, no reason to salute me. I thought all families were like mine until I went to college. There I discovered how lucky I was! It's people like you who overcame such a violent and abusive family and now live such a full life who deserve the…"
Jun 10, 2012
Joan Denoo replied to peacemaker's discussion Is it possible to be a religious atheist?
"Jessica, indeed, our many different religious experiences impact the ways we view life, let alone how we perceive god or not-god, or the meaning of life, or the things we value.  Another friend on Facebook recalled her precious moments created…"
Jun 10, 2012
Jessica Berman replied to peacemaker's discussion Is it possible to be a religious atheist?
"For me the religious rites I value are related to family. Most of our observance was at home - our own or at extended family. That's why I participate still. I'm extremely fortunate to have fantastic memories of these. My twin niece and…"
Jun 10, 2012
Joan Denoo replied to peacemaker's discussion Is it possible to be a religious atheist?
"Peacemaker, and I appreciate your sharing and perspective. Those sweet memories of gentle times, of kind and compassionate relationships, the stories that come down through family, and see natural events through the eyes of another enriches as it…"
Jun 10, 2012
Joan Denoo replied to peacemaker's discussion Is it possible to be a religious atheist?
"Oh my goodness, ideas generated by these observations and hypotheses give me goosebumps. We can't look back to define our thinking. We need to imagine a preferred future and move, in the present, in that direction. What an exciting…"
Jun 10, 2012
Joan Denoo replied to peacemaker's discussion Is it possible to be a religious atheist?
"Peacemaker, I like your response and respect your caution to express, not dictate values. I also can relate to tradition as a way of expression of a sense of wonder. Looking through a telescope or microscope, watching the development of my…"
Jun 10, 2012
Steph S. replied to peacemaker's discussion Is it possible to be a religious atheist?
"I couldn't agree with you more Joan. The question " Does my what I believe empower me to flourish?" and "Do my relationships flourish as a consequence of my beliefs?" Both of these questions are extremely important and the…"
Jun 10, 2012
Steph S. replied to peacemaker's discussion Is it possible to be a religious atheist?
"Joan I enjoy reading your replies to this post. You have great wisdom! I do think religious Atheist is a contradiction in terms."
Jun 10, 2012
Joan Denoo replied to peacemaker's discussion Is it possible to be a religious atheist?
"I don't know how lightning can be controlled and neither could other human beings until some foolish bloke put a key on a string of a kite and the industry of electricity blossomed forward.  I don't know how thunder makes its…"
Jun 10, 2012
peacemaker replied to peacemaker's discussion Is it possible to be a religious atheist?
"Joan, this is very interesting to me. I appreciate very much you sharing your perspective on indigenous traditions. Thank you."
Jun 10, 2012
peacemaker replied to peacemaker's discussion Is it possible to be a religious atheist?
"I understand that life has no objective meaning. However, narratives can express (rather than dictate) shared values. I could say I find meaning in the here and how, but it doesn't sustain me the way my religious tradition does, I enjoy life…"
Jun 10, 2012
Joan Denoo replied to peacemaker's discussion Is it possible to be a religious atheist?
"When a bee gets up in the morning, hunts for flowers to poke its nose into, flutters from flower to flower and  it does not say, "I must do the work of the lord!" It does what bees do and in…"
Jun 10, 2012

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At 10:27pm on June 7, 2012, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Welcome, peacemaker! Glad you could join us. :D

Please consider joining a group to meet people and talk about anything that's on your mind, Hang With Friends. After you've searched for topics of interest in "Groups" above and in the "Forums", don't forget to look at recent activity which hides along the right margin of the page all the way at the bottom.

At 2:42pm on June 5, 2012, Dr. Terence Meaden said…

Hi Peacemaker

Welcome to this world of rationality, truth and peace, where common sense and science lead to freethinking wisdom --- as you found out as an atheist and freethinker.

We invite you to make good friends by joining the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with 700 discussion topics and nearly 3500 members.

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At 10:37am on June 5, 2012, Steph S. said…

Greetings! Welcome to the site!

 
 
 

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